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PAINTING AND TERRAIN MAKING
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ABATTIS

Made from twiggs stuck on a piece of felt. Will be taken in picture to multiply!

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TREE FACTORY

two methods:
1  HOLE 
with those which have a decent tail to plug in. Cut it to size then pierce a hole in hard card/ plasticard/ MDf if you have the tools.

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2 PIN

Force the cut trunk (only works if wide enough) on a pin with a flat back, then stick the pin on its support.
My single trees are on MDF bases or were on  old coins.

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Assembly line.

From these Ebay Chinese sellers. Unbeatable prices. 
or this one

This 
uk shop 
has great quality and service, to add variety.

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GROUND 1

Paint the ground in brownish colours. It will be partly covered with earth and stuff.
Edges in dark brown.

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GROUND 2

I use on all bases (figures and terrain) a thick, irregular layer of ceiling cement (can be any thickish water based).

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SPREADING

Spread on it thin earth, little stones, twigs and anything that would make sense.
The earth will tint the cement.

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MORE SPREADING

Underbrush can go if light. Otherwise best stuck with proper cement. mix for variety. Woodland Scenics products unvaluable for that.

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Shown in progress. the edges will be at the end to mask any mishap.
Hand paint various shades and spray some trees to add variety.

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Stuck bushes, cement/ paste spreading.

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A multiple base done.
if you play with large woods (think America or Russia?) to save time setting up, multiple bases!

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A table with a few woods.

To see bigger pics, right click "view picture"

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RIVERS

I have nice commercial rivers but they need bushy banks to diminish the fact that the thing is rather high for the  15-10mm figures. A canal?

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Cheap+++

The basic material I use for these rivers and lakes and marshes that are level with the surrouninding terrain: blue or green plastic holders that can (increasingly hard) be found in supermarkets. And a gloss gel for paints, .

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Chain production

Cut in shape dozens of length, beware to have the proper same section for connecting. best to keep on the side the "master" sized connector to compare. Actually little discrepancies can be hidden by offsetting the connection to an angle.

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Spread and more spreading

I don't cover the plastic but put little waves on it keeping in mind where I want the current flowing.
The gel idea came from him.

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Fast and easy

Dozens of length, connecting rivers, different sizes, all is possible. You spread the gel, and next day it is dry.

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Yes I have a big table

One of the beauty of it, if you don't paind the sides, any bit can connect into any other. It starts whitish but dries transparent. Meters and meters of it....

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Not just rivers

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But...

I can see this from my workshop seat...And whatever the sky, it obstinately never wants to be blue. Maybe one day I will find grey plastic.
If you want to add, tiny touches of white to the waves, by drybrushing, can make it a faster sream. Gloss varnish can be added too.

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All for this

With or without bushes and poplars on the sides here it goes. It needs be stored flat, nicely, not to be bent. 
I experimented in painting underneath to add depth effects. Found out it was trouble for very little. This river can also fit any terrain underneath, arid or green.

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Russians funny genrals

Could only find two 1812 generals with non regulation uniforms, hussar uniforms. My guess is from their bio they raised from hussar regiment colonel while on campaign 1500km from the tailor and a bit busy. Kulnev and Dorokhov. left one is the Prince of Orange by Campaign games, the right one a Prussian 1806 chap by AB. (Eureka). 

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Russian avant garde commanders

hurrah done with more generals and at the time a bunch of carts. 
many of the AB set  can be put as early Russian generals or colonels; some of the simpler outfits ended up as Oppolchenie commander (much to their chagrin no doubt).
One genral and an aide is a division commander.
Brigadiers  or colonels get used as a markers for disorder, put parallel to the troops like going around shouting at them; better than a counter (which I only use in woods or other confusing surroundings).

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He has the troops, I have the generals!

My pal who has 75% of the Russian troops on the Gzatsk battlefield does not have enough generals especially the brigadiers.  So I quickly needed more, dug out a bag of Blue moon tinies, who can't be based with the others but are very nice solo guys, full of life. Also discovered the young guard has two Prussian batteries, obviously had to be painted. ;)

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French and Austrian generals

One Pajol on the left, who looks like the picture in Bucquoy book. a Nansouty type  and some Austrian Korps commander.

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Glory on horse

The three guys with their sabers up are all Murat(s) with different dress taken from the talented Boki, from Estonia. They ened up from left to right as Subervie, one Hungarian cavalry general who can sneakily serve in the seven years wars too plus the Pajol, 

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Horsed bits

You can never have enough Cossacks, here ragger types. A bunch of Eclaireur de la garde from Boki and a revamped 14th Hussar (as I stupidly got painted twice another one!).

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